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Treatment

Comprehensive Treatment

Once our specialists make an accurate diagnosis of the type and nature of a patient's headache, they put together a plan of care personalized for the patient. Our team first works with patients to make lifestyle changes to reduce their headaches before prescribing potentially habituating medications. Treatment options may include:

  • Avoiding known triggers, such as certain foods, beverages, and smells
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Changing eating habits, including reducing caffeine intake and avoiding hunger
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing stress and trying relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Getting regular eye examinations to ensure vision is appropriately corrected
  • Taking nutritional supplements such as vitamin B2, magnesium, butterbur, or CoQ10
  • Taking medications that are specifically indicated to either stop a headache or to prevent headaches from starting
  • Decreasing excessive use of pain medications to avoid headaches that result from taking too much of these medications
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections for people with chronic migraines (headaches on 15 or more days each month)

Our doctors will make a referral to pain management specialists at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell for patients whose headaches do not respond well to these approaches and for whom chronic use of non-headache pain medications may be appropriate.

520 East 70th Street
Starr Pavilion, 607
New York, NY 10021